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Has The California State Treasurer’s Office Gone Underground?

Late last month, the California State Treasurer’s Office announced a “move to stop ‘Pay-to-Play’ school bond campaigns”.  According to the announcement: [M]unicipal finance firms seeking state business will be required to certify that they make no contributions to bond election campaigns. Firms that fail to do so will be removed from the state’s official list…

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Do The Secretary Of State’s Criteria For Determining “Generally Recognized Presidential Candidates” Violate The APA?

Earlier this week, the California Secretary of State released his list of “generally recognized presidential candidates”.  These are the individual whose names will appear on California’s June 2016 primary ballot.  The Secretary of State listed 43 individuals from six political parties (American Independent, Democratic, Green, Libertarian, Peace & Freedom, and Republican).  It’s not too late to…

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The California Implications Of Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Association

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Ass’n et al.  The case, if decided against the Department of Labor (Thomas E. Perez is the Secretary of Labor), will have a significant impact on all federal administrative agencies.  But what, if any, will be its impact on California state agencies?…

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DBO to Licensees: “Thou Shalt Have A Dedicated Electronic Mailbox And Read Your Email Daily”

Late last month, Department of Business Oversight Commissioner Jan Owen issued an order requiring licensees to: establish within their computer electronic mail system an electronic mailbox; dedicate the email address to receiving communications from the DBO; and monitor the mailbox daily. The Commissioner’s order further requires that the mailbox have the capability of receiving attachments.  The Commissioner…

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Just What Does CalPERS Believe Anyway?

On Monday, CalPERS announced that its Board of Administration had adopted 10 “investment beliefs”.  According to the press release, these beliefs are intended to provide “a basis for strategic management of the investment portfolio, inform organizational priorities and ensure alignment between the Investment Office and CalPERS staff”.  Here are the 10 beliefs: Liabilities must influence…

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